The House passed a measure Tuesday night that would continue current government spending levels into early December, provide emergency aid for storm-hit communities and suspend the debt limit through December 2022.
The package is not likely to pass as-is through the evenly controlled Senate. Most Senate Republicans have repeatedly said Democrats should find the votes among themselves to address the debt ceiling using the budget reconciliation process.
No fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills have been cleared, so a continuing resolution is the best chance for avoiding an Oct. 1 government shutdown.
There is a little more time – but not much – to address the debt limit: The Treasury Department and private sector economic observers have said the country will hit its currently allowed spending limit by the end of October.
Army National Guard photo by Capt. Brendan Cassidy